Kindness

“But how are we to be made happy? There is one course—love the Giver more than the gift.”

Brigham Young  |  JD 9:31, Brigham Young, The Gifts of God, Etc.

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“If you are criticizing others, you are weakening the Church. If you are building others, you are building the kingdom of God. As Heavenly Father is kind, we also should be kind to others.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin  |  The Virtue of Kindness

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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“So be kind, and be grateful that God is kind. It is a happy way to live.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  "The Laborers in the Vineyard"

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It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.

Anne Frank  |  The Diary of a Young Girl

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Joseph Smith Portrait

Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what pow’r it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind.

Joseph Smith  |  Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book, Page 62

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“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship.”

CS Lewis  |  The Weight of Glory

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Neal A. Maxwell Headshot

“We, more than others, should carry jumper and tow cables not only in our cars, but also in our hearts, by which means we can send the needed boost or charge of encouragement or the added momentum to mortal neighbors.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience

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Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the LDS church

“In a dating and courtship relationship, I would not have you spend five minutes with someone who belittles you, who is constantly critical of you, who is cruel at your expense and may even call it humor.”

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland  |  “How Do I Love Thee?” New Era, Oct. 2003, 6.

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A long time ago, I took a walk down a street in Harlem in New York City. I came upon a man who asked me for a dollar. He had asked a few other people before me, but they only passed him by without glancing his way. I stopped and handed the man some money. As I began to turn away, he reached out and shook my hand. He looked me in the eyes and said, “I will bless you.” Now, I’m not saying that was God Himself. But how do we know that it wasn’t someone working for him, walking around in disguise, just to see what we would do?

Muhammad Ali  |  The Soul of a Butterfly

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